All-Province Assembly: Day Two
Unfortunately, I cannot upload any pictures tonight, but I can give a brief description of a fantastic day. We began the morning with prayer and discussion of Fr. Jack's talk from last night. This generated a good deal of energy and appreciation for what we learned and for the insights we gained into our past. We centered in on the courage and faith our founding friars had as well as the risk that our early missionaries took to get the Good News to God's people.
This afternoon we spent a few hours remembering those friars who have died and paved the way for us with their lives and ministries. We used looping PowerPoints to highlight the biographies of some of the friars. It is a little hard to describe, but there were five "stations" where you could go and watch a video in silence while the names of all of our deceased friars were being mentioned on a continuous soundtrack throughout the room. Each station represented a specific geographic area of the province. For and hour and a half the group was in silent prayer and remembrance. At the end we celebrated the Eucharist. it was very powerful.
This evening we heard Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., the president of St. Bonaventure University address us on where the Franciscan movement is going and how it is developing in the 21st century. Sister challenged us not to look to the past and try to relive a perceived utopian image of the early years of the Order, but to do what Saints Francis and Clare did and live the Gospel call in our lives. The consensus of the group was very exuberant and appreciative of her efforts.